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Mannes Opera performs
Mannes Opera performs "Street Scene" in May, 2019

Four Things To Do This Fall at The New School

Since its founding, The New School has offered a robust schedule of programming available to the public. Join us this fall for an array of activities ranging from lectures, performances, exhibitions, and online programs.

1) Attend Performances by the College of Performing Arts

The New School’s College of Performing Arts Fall 2019 season features a series of exciting world premieres and newly commissioned works.

The Mannes Orchestra Performs Johanna Beyer’s Cyrnab and other works – World Premiere

David Hayes, Conductor

As a female composer working in the 1930’s, Johanna Beyer was largely overlooked in her own lifetime, and only today is beginning to receive her due as one of the most experimental composers among ultra-modernists. An associate of Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and other great composers of the time, Beyer was at the forefront of new music and composed breakthrough works for orchestra, percussion ensemble, and was a pioneer of early music technology.


  • George Rochberg – Black Sounds
  • Henry Cowell – Symphony No. 2 “Anthropos”
  • Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody To The Victims of Hiroshima
  • Johanna Beyer – Cyrnab

Friday, November 22, 7:30pm, John L. Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10003 

Free, RSVP via starting September 23.

Mannes Opera Presents The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten

Directed by Kate Whoriskey, Conducted by Daniela Candillari

Based on Henry James’s chilling novella, Britten‘s The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a governess, desperate to protect her children from evil as they experience strange encounters at a remote country house. As the story unfolds, the exact nature of evil is questioned as the young woman’s fears bring her closer and closer to the uncanny.

Saturday, December 7, 7:30pm, Sunday, December 8, 2:00pm, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019  

Tickets, $25/$10 Seniors, are available via starting November 1

MFA Production: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The School of Drama will present The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis as the second MFA Mainstage production of the 2019-20 season. The production will be directed by Melissa Crespo, and feature the entire cohort of MFA Second Year Actors.

Wednesday, November 20 – Saturday, November 23, Theater at Bank Street, 151 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

Free, RSVP via starting October 30

BFA Production: Everybody

The School of Drama will present Everybody by Branden Jacob-Jenkins as the second BFA Mainstage production of the 2019-20 season. Branden Jacob-Jenkins is an Obie-award winning playwright, who was awarded a McArthur Genius grant in 2016. The production is directed by Jordana De La Cruz. 

Thursday, November 7 – Saturday, November 9, Theater at Bank Street, 151 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

Free, RSVP via starting October 17

The Stone at The New School

Formerly located on Avenue C, John Zorn’s storied venue lives on at The New School’s Arnhold Hall. Presenting five shows each week, The Stone’s programming features week-long residencies by Trevor Dunn, Brian Marsella, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Ikue Mori, and more. 

Full schedule and lineups

The Glassbox Theater at Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY, 10003

Tickets are $20 / no advance ticket sales. Cash only at the door.

2) Visit an Exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

In the galleries at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, artistic imagination and ingenuity in design join with global social consciousness. Through an exhibition program that is both creatively and intellectually rigorous, we invite the community to engage in a dialogue on the role of art and design in the public realm.

Current Exhibition: Museum of Capitalism Comes to New York City

photo credit: Daniel Bejar, Less Lethal Solutions, 2018 – Ongoing

The Museum of Capitalism shares its path-breaking memorialization of capitalism in an exhibition running October 30th – December 10th at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. This iteration of the traveling museum features a dynamic mix of artifacts and exhibits, tracing a loose theme around borders and boundaries, and includes a series of tours, talks, film screenings, and a “Monopolies” game night open to the public. 

Exhibits and artifacts on display include American flags made by prison laborers, photographs of secretive international tax-havens, and a custom-made commemorative trophy of the US Treasury’s bank bailout. And from the museum’s own collection, on display for the first time: a rare limited-edition print of a work by the infamous street artist Banksy acquired through the website of the multinational corporation Walmart. 

October 30–December 10, 2019

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

The New School’s Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

12–6pm daily (12–8pm Thursdays)

Admission is free

Museum of Capitalism Events:

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 7, 6:00-8:00 pm, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Recontextualized: Artists Beyond the Museum

A chance to meet some of the artists involved in Museum of Capitalism exhibits and artifacts, who will be giving brief presentations related to their work in the exhibition. Featuring Mark Curran, Cheyenne Concepcion, Tim Portlock, Sharon Daniel, Jasper Waters, Eva Rocha, and more.

Friday, November 8, 5-7:30 pm, Room M104 “Bark Room,” Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Imagined Futures and Capitalist Dynamics

In a capitalist system, consumers, investors, and corporations orient their activities toward a future that contains opportunities and risks. How do actors assess the future when it is open and uncertain? In this talk based on a recently published book, Professor Jens Beckert (Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, and 2019-20 Theodor Heuss Professor at The New School for Social Research) will demonstrate how fictional expectations drive modern economies—or throw them into crisis—when imagined futures fail to materialize.

Wednesday, November 13, 2:00–3:30 pm, Wolff Conference Room D1103, Albert & Vera List Academic Center, 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Proto-Monopolies, Anti-Monopolies, and Other Monopolies

A live game-play event featuring several different “Monopolies”—historical precedents and contemporary variations on the famous board game, with a brief presentation by special guests Mary Pilon (author of The Monopolists), and discussion with Colleen Macklin (Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons) and other game designers at Parsons. 

Friday, November 22, 8:00–10:00 pm, UL103, Event Cafe, University Center, 63 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003Pre-registration encouraged:

3) Podcasts and More

New School faculty share their expertise on a range of topics including immigration, history, retirement, and the arts through several podcasts. Join us for a live taping and subscribe on your favorite app. 

Attend a Live Recording: Past/Present

Past/Present is a weekly conversational podcast with historians Natalia Mehlman Petrzela. Neil J. Young and Nicole Hemmer that turns hindsight into foresight. Going beyond Twitter hot takes and cable news sound bites, the hosts believe that every headline has a history – and every listener is a historian.

Hosts Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil J. Young interview Emily Bazelon, author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.

Friday, November 8th 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Subscribe to Past/Present Apple Podcasts

Attend a Live Recording: Exiles on 12th Street

Exiles on 12th Street is a podcast about art and ideas that brings artists, writers, and thinkers from Greenwich Village to wherever you are in the world. Hosted by historian Claire Potter, this podcast is brought to you by the Public Seminar Publishing Initiative.

Claire Bond Potter speaks with comedian and Donald Trump impersonator John Di Domenico, author and Washington Post Opinion Writer Helaine Olen, and Rutgers University historian David Greenberg.  

Saturday, November 9th 11:00 am – Noon, Hirshon Suite, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Subscribe to Exiles on 12th Street: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher,

Tempest Tossed

Tempest Tossed: Conversations on Migration and Mobility – a podcast on immigration and refugees that goes beyond the predictable soundbites. Join noted scholar in immigration and refugee law Alex Aleinikoff and guests for in-depth discussions on what’s happening on the ground and how to understand current policy debates.

Subscribe to Tempest Tossed: Apple Podcasts, Spotify 

Reset Retirement 

Reset Retirement, a new podcast from The New School’s Retirement Equity Lab, tells the real stories of retirement, not the same, old retirement advice that is hard to follow and makes us feel worse about our own saving practices. Rather, we hear from real people – millennials, mid-career professionals, and retirees – about how life has affected their retirement savings, how they cope, and what we can do to demand a system that works for them. 

Subscribe to Reset Retirement: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher

4) Revisit The Festival of New

The Festival of New brought an array of notable alumni and changemakers to the university for performances, talks, workshops, screenings, and exhibitions to celebrate our centennial and imagine what’s possible in the next 100 years. Watch Festival highlights and more on YouTube.  

The Festival of New: Opening Ceremony

Loyalty & Betrayal: Their Role in Political Life – Keynote by Andrew McCabe

At The Parsons Table with Anna Sui

The New Approach to Inspiring Women and Girls in Tech with Reshma Saujani and Janaye Ingram

A New Safe World with Tarana Burke and Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Equity and Access in Higher Education

Citizen, Immigration and Belonging with Paola Mendoza, Jose Antonio Vargas and Maya Wiley

Resilient Futures: New Thinking on Climate Change | Part I: Envisioning a Resilient Urban Future

Resilient Futures: New Thinking on Climate Change | Part II: Pathways to Planetary Health

A Conversation with Dr. Ruth ’59 & Bill Ritter ’16

The Youth Will Win: A Conversation on Activism with Naomi Wadler and Elaine Welteroth

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